Mobile Fresh Food Van
One of the main challenges with providing fresh foods to families and individuals within the city, is accessibility. Accessibility means not just “is fresh food available at the local store”, but is there a local store, how close is the store, how much does fresh produce cost and what is the selection like?
If you are blessed to live in an area with a local, fully stocked grocery, have a way to pay for the produce and have a means of transportation, then you may not have considered that there are large areas within your own city where this is not the case for many families.
Community mobile food vans can improve access to fresh food for individuals living in areas with little offerings of fruits and vegetables. The aim of the Mobile Fresh Food Van is to
- Provide produce from community gardens and local farmers involved in the Tri County Fresh Food Hub/CSA to people at host van sites (housing, community centers, work sites and senior living centers), We are working towards the ability to add non produce staples.
- Provide produce and non produce staples (eventually) at the stops during scheduled times.
- Allow for purchase of produce to be affordable through manageable pricing and accessibility via SNAP/Link cards, credit, debit and cash.
We think it important to build relationships with the folks we serve so we personally met each person who comes to the Mobile Fresh Food Van and is one reason our van stops are typically an hour.
The Mobile Fresh Food Van started in 2015 and was made possible by a grant from the City of Peoria in response to the growing food desert in the South Village of Peoria.
We are able to accept credit, debit, cash and LINK for purchases. For LINK users, we can offer double-value redemption up to $10.00 through the Wholesome Food Fund. The Wholesome Food Fund is made possible by the Community Foundation of Central Illinois.
Profits our Foundation makes from sales of CSA Shares and purchases from the Van go back into the community (Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties) in areas which lack fresh, local produce. We do this via the Mobile Fresh Food Van (obtained from a grant from the City of Peoria). We hope you will visit us often this season at the Van stops to shop. Your family will eat better and you will help make our community healthier!
Mobile Fresh Food Van Stops for 2017
4-6pm Tri County Fresh Food Hub
4200 E. Washington Street, Suite B, East Peoria IL 61611
- 11:30am-12:30pm Unity Point Health Methodist 221 NE Glen Oak Ave, Peoria, IL 61636 (exit the cafeteria via the glass doors to the courtyard)
- 1:15pm-2:15pm Sterling Towers 2601 W Reservoir Blvd, Peoria, IL 61615
- 4-5pm River West Apartments 312 S Merriman St, Peoria, IL 61605
- 1130am-1230pm Unity Point Health Proctor 5409 N Knoxville Ave, Peoria, IL 61614. Look for us in the main parking lot across from the main entrance to the hospital
- 1-2pm Maui Jim 1 Aloha Ln, Peoria, IL 61615. We will be in the parking lot behind the main building
- 2:10pm- 2:40pm ATS 8201 N University St, Peoria, IL 61615
- 3-4pm Harrison Homes, 2907 W. Oregon St Peoria, IL 61605
- 10am-11am Advocate Eureka Hospital, 101 S Major St, Eureka, IL 61530
- 11:30am-12:30pm ICC 1 College Dr, East Peoria, IL 61611 Look for us in the visitor parking lot
The gitm Foundation serves as home to the Tri County Fresh Food Hub. The statistics below reflect the generosity of individuals, families, farms, organizations and businesses who participate in our CSA program, volunteer and donate financially. We are nothing without partnerships and volunteers. The numbers below encompass Tazewell, Woodford and Peoria counties and all distribution occurred from the Mobile Fresh Food Van.